Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Ladybug Match

We have revised one of our original products "Ladybug Match"  - I think this was the product for which I first attempted to make my own graphics. I have cleaned up the graphics a little and added a worksheet to the file, along with a template for a cute ladybug paper craft.
I also just listed it on the TpT website for the first time.

If you have purchased this in the past from my website, let me know and I will verify the original sale and send you an updated version for free!

If you would like a free copy of this file, just be one of the first two people to comment here! You can email me your email - admin@fromthepond.com

It may take me a few hours to get back to you - it is close to midnight here and I am off to bed :)


Monday, 27 June 2011

Hoppin' Good Resource!



You may have noticed that I am rather pond fond of all things green and froggy! I am heading straight to TpT to purchase this very cute Reading Strategies resource from Donna Glynn.

She has been so thoughtful to add an Australian spelling version! Love, love, love it! Click on the picture above to check it out along with her other frog-tastic resources!

Sunday, 26 June 2011

FREE Dollar Match

I have just introduced the concept of "money" in my Kindergarten classroom. We have done a brief introduction on all of our Australian coins and are now taking an in-depth look at the dollar coin.

I love the unit on "dollar coins" as it links in nicely with addition. My students are beginning to understand adding dollar coins together to make another total.


We started by looking at the dollar coin and talking about its characteristics so that the students could identify them easily. We then practised counting with dollar coins and writing the $ symbol. My students LOVED matching dollar coins with price tags, in the little toy shop I set up on a table in the classroom.

I am going to use the cards I have provided in the download here, to make a matching game by printing it on card, cutting and laminating. My students will need to match dollar names, symbols and quantities. This will be a good way of revising the content we have worked so hard to learn!

I will extend my more capable learners by showing them two price tags, and asking them how many dollar coins I will need to buy both. This will challenge them to use their addition skills.

Please download the matching cards by clicking on the picture above. It is a game for learning the Australian dollar coin. I will look to find a graphic of an American dollar and create a US version for all my lovely US blog friends - stay tuned :)


Saturday, 25 June 2011

We LOVE shopping for FREE!

So am I the only one that can be cheered up by a little shopping? Head to TeacherspayTeachers to browse around for some AWESOME free resources!

I am constantly amazed by the hard work that the teachers on TpT are sharing with the world for free - further proof of the caring nature of teachers.

Here are some fantabulous and totally FREE files that I found within minutes of heading over to the site tonight - I hope you like them too! Don't forget to leave feedback after you download, as a way of thanking the creators. I am heading back now, to do just that!










Friday, 24 June 2011

Odd Tree

If you have been following my blog for the last weeks, you will know that I have been teaching odd and even numbers.

I found some great files on TpT and had fun printing and laminating to get quite a few resources ready for my week of teaching. My students adored the games, and especially this Smartboard file - it has a cool song embedded in the first page, and my students have been singing it all week!

I did find that I needed more activities to help my students that are still working with numbers 1-10. Many of the games I found on TpT had two digit numbers up to 99 and these were too difficult for my early learners.  

I have created this cute number sort activity/game. Your students can help sort the number birds in the odd and even trees!


The number bird cards have numerals, number words and dot patterns from one to ten.

A worksheet has also been included in this file. You can download it for fromTpT. Click on the image above to find it. I hope you like it :)


Wednesday, 22 June 2011

And the winners are....

The first Teacher 2 Teacher MEGA CONTEST was a smashing success! There were thousands of entries. Thanks to all of the TPT teacher-sellers who donated their products for this contest, and thanks to the teachers who spent oodles of time following teacher-seller's TPT stores, blogs, Facebook pages, and on twitter. All of the entries were entered into a list form at www.random.org.
And the winners are...

K-2 Winner: Crystal Radke
3-6 Winner: Connie Suntken

Middle School / High School Winners -
English: Mark Welch
Math: Monica Krzak
Social Studies: Kelly Eiseman
Fine Arts: Laurie Fronhofer

Look out for the next amazing contest!

Thank you to all my new blog friends, I hop eyou enjoy my free file gieveaways, news, information, and everything in-between!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Too Cool Toadstool - 2 to give away

We have just added our Too-Cool Toadstool game to our TeacherspayTeachers range.It will help students to understand "groups of" when learning to multiply. This file includes instructions, 16 cards and a worksheet. Once printed and laminated, students can use dry-erase markers to attempt the multiplication problem on each card.

I will email it out for FREE to the first two people to comment here on my blog. Please also go to my website and use the 'Contact Us" form to give me your email address if you do not want to leave it here on the blog.


Sunday, 19 June 2011

Odd and Even Numbers

Hi blog friends!

Last Sunday I posted some printable cards to help teach children how to determine more/less and the concept of greater/fewer.

I am following on from these lessons and extending my students to think about odd and even numbers.

First I will explain the terms "odd" and "even" to my class, then get a few students to stand up in a group. i will ask this group to hold hands with one friend in the group. I will be able to illustrate quite clearly that with an even numbered group, everyone gets a partner.

I can then illustrate this further with an egg carton - by tearing off individual cups and talking about even numbers having rows of two (or "partners").

I will then show the students the cards that I used for my more/less lessons and point out that the even  numbers all have rows of two, and the odd numbers have a square that is all on its own at the end (no partner).

Hopefully this gradual progression from real life example to abstract will assist with their understanding and help them to make connections in their knowledge.

The class should enjoy using a range of concrete materials (shells, counters, plastic teddies, plastic dinosaurs) to make numbers. I will ask them to put them in lines of two to determine if they are odd or even.

I will also introduce these posters that I have just made to the class and have a talk about the number of eyes on the monsters. Are they odd or even? I could ask a student to colour the eyes in groups of two, so that each pair is a different colour. This will help the students to see that with the odd numbers, their is one left at the end that does not have a partner. Download your own copy of these posters here, by clicking on the picture below.


I have also found some cool games and resources on TpT. You may like to check them out as well :)

I hope you will find these posters helpful, if not this week, perhaps at another time that you teach about odd and even numbers.




Thursday, 16 June 2011

HUGE GIVEAWAY!

Visit the Teacher 2 Teacher blog to grab details of an amaing competition with fantastic prizes for teachers of all grades! THIRTY-THREE teacher-sellers at Teachers Pay Teachers donated top notch classroom products for our T2T MEGA CONTEST!  The bonus is that it is so easy to enter....good luck!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

At the moment, I can't get enough of.....


1. Peppermint Tea - piping hot with a dash of sugar, it is warming up my cold winter from my top to my toes
2. A couple of wonderful, inspirational colleagues who help me to stay sane....he he :) After 11 years teaching I treasure, respect and admire the teachers that have always acted with dignity and professionalism. Caring, happy, kind and fair. You think it would be a pre-requisite for the job wouldn't you ;)
3. sunshineonline.com.au - my little treasure-muffins and I are LOVING this site! Great to have some interactive stories and games with an Australian accent :)
4. FREE stuff on TeacherspayTeachers - click here to see just one of the many cute maths activities I found tonight 
5. Teaching Blogs. Need I say any more!
6. Peppermint Freddos - chocolate fundraising boxes are out in force at school, and well.....they are the perfect accompaniment to my current favourite tea
7. Zog by Julia Donaldson 
8. My gorgeous daughter 'Miss 4", who can't stop "reading" me stories....am LOVING watching her literacy skills grow and flourish....and she is doing so much of it all on her own. And I still love the way she says 'crotodile' instead of 'crocodile'.


Comparing Groups Again

I have revised the free file that I posted on Monday for comparing groups. After using them in the classroom, I found a few glitches :) If you would like an updated version, click here. I have changed the orientation of a few of the numbers, so they are all consistent and so that they are suitable for beginning to teach groups of two.

Teaching the children to "see" the cards as groups of two will also help for when you want to start teaching odd and even numbers.

I used the large cards to model how to compare numbers. Hold two different number cards up and ask the students to tell you which card shows more. Then ask them to tell you how they could tell you how many more. Encourage a range of students to tell you how they would find out. Show the students how to hold up the two cards in front of one another to clearly show how many more squares are on one card. Repeat this a few times with a range of different cards.


Here is a worksheet to help your students consolidate their learning.



Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Popcorn Words Take Home Sheet - FREE


For anyone that has downloaded my free Popcorn Words Smartboard file you may like this editable Popcorn Words Take Home Sheet.

Simply download by clicking on the picture above. Just click on each popcorn piece and edit the words to suit the words you are teaching this week. Once you have your focus word on there, print and photocopy for your class.

Match them to the words in your Smartboard file. Do an introductory lesson to teach your focus words explicitly. Give each student a Take Home Sheet. Before they put it in their bag or locker, ask them to sit at their desk with some counters to play a quick class game.

Ask the students to each put three counters on the popcorn pieces of their choice on their Take Home Sheet. Reset the Smartboard file, so all the words are covered. Randomly select a popcorn piece and 'pop' it to reveal a word. If a student has a counter on this word on their Take Home Sheet, they may take the counter off. Keep revealing words (making sure you ask the students to call out the words as you pop them) and the first student to take all 3 counters from their Take Home Sheet wins!

This is a fun and simple way to link your introductory lesson to something that the students have to take home. It will give them an idea of how they can play with their words at home. It also helps them to attend to the print that is in front of them...otherwise they will probably think....oh yep...another piece of paper to take home.....

I have formatted this file in Microsoft Word so that you can edit and change the fonts and words to suit your classroom needs. Sorry, you are not able to sell or redistribute this file. Just a warning - when you open it in Google Docs it looks a little jumbled, but when you download it from Google Docs it seems to sort itself out....let me know if you have any trouble.

Have some popping good fun!

Monday, 13 June 2011

Comparing Groups


I have just made some resources for my classroom and thought I would share them with you! this download is not as fancy as many of my other files....it is the Monday night of a holiday weekend here in Australia and I am busily preparing my lessons for the week.

Click on the picture above to download some cards  for a maths lesson on comparing numbers.

Print them, cut them and perhaps laminate them for durability.

Introduce your students to the language of "more", "greater", "fewer" and "less".

Use the enlarged number arrangement cards to use in your whole class lesson. Hold up any two, and ask your students to tell you the number represented by each card. Ask them also, which number shows more? Ask them how they know. Encourage lots of mathematical language - compare, more, less, greater, fewer etc. Repeat this with quite a few of the cards, for example, comparing 6 & 9, 3 & 5

Give all your students one of the smaller versions of the cards. Once all the students have had a chance to look at their card carefully, ask two students to stand up and tell everyone the number they are holding. Ask the rest of the class to decide if they have a card that shows a greater number or a number that is less. Repeat with a few different students.

Have your students now draw a picture of the card that they held and to draw a card that is less than, and a card that is more than this card.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Delicious Donuts


Have you read the book The Donut Chef by Bob Staake? In this story a baker opens a donut shop on a small street and soon the line for his treats stretches down the block.

It's not long before the competition arrives and a crazy battle of the bakeries ensues. In the frenzy, both bakers' donuts become "quite bizarre - like Cherry-Frosted Lemon Bar, and Peanut-Brickle Buttermilk, and Gooey Cocoa-Mocha Silk!" But two-year-old Debbie Sue has a taste for something less fussy -- and teaches the bakers a thing or two about keeping it simple.

What a great book for encouraging lots of delicious discussion! Ask the students to tell you lots of great new flavours for a donut of their own design!

Team this book up with our new Donut Duo phonics game and order your new donut flavours in alphabetical order - making a page for each letter A-Z.



Donut Duo requires students to match upper and lower case letters of the alphabet. As well as this game, you could use the alphabet cards for lots of other activities in your classroom. Write the donut flavour suggestions on index cards as they are given by the students. Once you have quite a few, have a small group of students line up the A-Z donuts from our printable resource, on the floor. The group can then sort the flavour-cards under each corresponding letter card to create a giant alphabetical list of new donut flavours!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

FREE Smartboard File - Let's Pop Some Words


I have just created my first Smartboard file for TpT. I have to admit I have been a little slow getting familiar with the Smart software - I have much preferred to buy some of the amazing files that are already listed on TpT.

I am giving it away for free for now, so head over to TpT and download it for free (click on the image above).

It is a very small file (3 pages) and is ideal just for a short introductory Sight Words lesson. I have an introductory lesson each Monday morning, where I introduce 6 focus words to my students. We talk about the letters in the word. I tell my students that even though we cannot "sound out" the words, the letters and letter-sounds in our sight words can give us some clues when we are reading. We sound-out some of them - like "was" and laugh about how silly they sound when we sound them out!

I normally do this introductory lesson with flashcards and an actual plastic popcorn cup (from Woolworths) or Jolly Phonics Tricky Word Hat. I have them "pop" out of the cup and up onto the noticeboard. This Smartboard lesson will provide an alternative way to introduce the words.

I am sure as I get a greater handle on the Smart software I will be able to create some games and activities to complement this introductory lesson.  

I created the graphics for this file, and am happy for you to edit and reuse the graphics within this file for your own classroom use (if you want to add some more pages etc).

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

er or ir with Ginger Mixer

Our new resource - Ginger Mixer will help your students learn the er and ir digraphs that occur in words - like gingerbread and stir!

For each sound, a poster is included that features the sound, a high quality colourful graphic and a catchy phrase to help your students link the sound to the letters. A literacy game is included that will require students to sort ir and er words, instructions are also included for a room word walk and two worksheets that can be copied for your class.

Other activities you may like to help teach these sounds:

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Pretty Flowers - More Free Graphics


Download these very cute flower graphics at TpT! Use them in your commercial or classroom teaching resources with a short simple credit back to us - too easy!